Orthodox Worship and the Old Testament

Orthodox Worship and the Old Testament

Recently I read in a blog a spirited defense of Orthodox worship, which the author promoted as more Biblical than the worship of contemporary praise services such as those offered at the famous Willow Creek church (pictured in the blog). I appreciated his zeal for the home team, as well...

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Divine Liturgy on Sunday of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Divine Liturgy on Sunday of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

This Sunday marks the end of the Apostles Fast and the Feast of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. O Lord, receive unto the enjoyment of Your good things and Your rest, the steadfast preachers of Godly words, the pinnacle of Your Disciples. Receive their pain and death above every sacrifice,...

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Divine Liturgy: Second Sunday of Matthew

Divine Liturgy: Second Sunday of Matthew

Apolytikion The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch o’er Your pure and sacred body O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life whereby all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You...

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The Orthodox Church and the Book of Revelation

The Orthodox Church and the Book of Revelation

Many people are so confused by the Book of Revelation that they don’t read it. But did you know that it speaks about the Orthodox Church? It does! In this intriguing episode, Fr. Thomas Hopko explains how the Book of Revelation depicts the Orthodox Church and what takes place during...

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Does the Sermon Matter?

Does the Sermon Matter?

What is a sermon? Is it a sacrament? Is it a liturgical act? If not, why is it important? A sermon is very important, but it is just as important that we understand what it is and what we are to receive from it. Fr. David Smith shares what St....

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Divine Liturgy on Holy Pentecost

Divine Liturgy on Holy Pentecost

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which happened and is always celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection of our Lord. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, fulfilling the promise that Christ had given them while He was still with them. This spirit was...

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Divine Liturgy – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Divine Liturgy – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

On this Sunday, we commemorate the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. The Church was strengthened into one faith through the preaching of the Apostles and the doctrines of the Fathers. The Church is robed in truth woven of the word of God from above. It teaches truth, and glorifies...

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Divine Liturgy: Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Divine Liturgy: Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! The Samaritan Woman, having come to the well in faith, beheld You, the Water of Wisdom from which she drank plentifully and inherited the Heavenly Kingdom as one who is blessed forever. +Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone Sunday of the...

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Divine Liturgy for Sunday of the Paralytic

Divine Liturgy for Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! I am grievously paralyzed in a multitude of sins and wrongful deeds. As You raised up the paralytic of old, also raise up my soul by Your divine guidance, that I may cry out, “Glory to Your Power O Compassionate Christ.” +Kontakion in...

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Divine Liturgy – Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Divine Liturgy – Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, then, the light of Your divinity destroyed Hades. When You raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers cried out, “Glory to You our Christ, the Giver of Life.” Lowering Your...

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